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Heat sent more than 350 NC people to the ER

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Temperatures that topped the 100-degree mark across North Carolina led hundreds to seek help in the state's emergency rooms.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the state Division of Public Health says emergency responders received 365 calls due to heat from June 29 to July 7. The agency says nearly half of those calls came in the first three days of the period.

The report also notes 559 heat-related emergency room calls since May 1.

According to the report, the majority of heat-related calls came from 25- to 64-year-old men. The report doesn't give a detailed breakdown of the circumstances surrounding the emergencies.

State health officials have confirmed that a 2-year-old child died in Burke County on June 7 after being left unattended in a hot car.

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